Diana Barnard, M.D. (Photo: Carolyn Bates Photography)
(MAY 3, 2023) Vermont has become one of the only states in the nation to grant out-of-staters the right to exercise medical aid-in-dying. Palliative medicine specialist Diana Barnard, M.D., associate professor of family medicine — the Middlebury doctor who’s credited with helping to change the law — says it’s a victory for equal access to health care, according to a WCAX-TV report. “If you are the kind of person for whom hastening a death or asking about it would never be consistent with your own personal values, then, of course, you shouldn’t have anything to do with it. This is about providing options for people at the most tender time in life,” Barnard said.